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Block and report someone

If you don't want to chat with someone in Google Chat, you can block them. You can block direct messages, or block people in spaces and most group messages.

When you block someone:

  • If you use a Google Workspace account and the person you blocked is in your organization, they can still tell when you're online.
  • The person you blocked can tell that they can't send you messages. To send a message, you need to unblock them.
  • Their messages are hidden from you in spaces and group messages. You can unhide messages you want to view.
  • You and the person you blocked can’t edit any old messages to one another.
  • The person is also blocked in certain other Google services.
  • Links or attachments the person sent before you blocked them are still active.
  • If you report someone for abuse, a copy of the last 50 messages of your conversation are sent to Google for review.

Block someone in Chat or Gmail

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Chat "".
  3. In your Chat list, tap the name of the person.
  4. At the top, tap the name of the person.
  5. Tap Block & Report "".
    • If you use a Google Workspace account and the person is in your organization, this option is Block.
    • Optional: To report the person for abuse, check the box next to "Also report." If you use a Google Workspace account, you can only report people outside of your organization.
  6. To confirm, tap Block.

Unblock someone in Chat or Gmail

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Chat "".
  3. Tap New chat "".
  4. Enter the name of the blocked person or their email address.
  5. Select the person from the suggestions.
  6. Tap Unblock "".

Block or unblock someone from within a space

Important: You can block someone in the same space without ever messaging them in a 1:1 conversation.
  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Spaces Rooms.
  3. Select the space.
  4. Tap the Right arrow Right arrow.
  5. Under “Members,” find the person you want to block or unblock.
  6. Next to their name, tap More options "".
  7. Tap Block "" or Unblock "".

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